Shanghai (Gasgoo)- China's popular social media Weibo recently revealed a range of photos of the Byton Concept in China. The model made its world premiere at the CES 2018. Positioned as a luxury intelligent mid-size SUV, it sets on a wheelbase of 2945mm. As is known, its mass-produced model will offer two optional battery pack versions, which will have a range of 400km and 520km respectively. The price is expected to start at RMB 300,000 (about $45,000).
Designed with internet-based concept, the Byton Concept features a shorter front suspension and a different body proportion compared with other traditional SUVs. Measuring 4,850mm in length, 1,960mm in width and 1,650mm in height and paired with 22-inch wheel hubs, the model delivers a strong sporty sense.
The Byton Concept adopts the traditional design style for its side door, but adds Byton Intuitive Access function, which can recognize drivers' information and open the door through the facial recognition technology. In addition, the Byton Concept also adopts intelligent facial design at the rear end.
The Byton Concept's most striking features are its interior style and the function designing. The new model comes with a shared experience display which measures 125cm in length and 25cm in height. Covering the model's entire center console, the display can adjust luminosity according to the change of lights and also support gesture-recognition function. The model also adds a 9-inch touch driver tablet on the center of its two-spoke steering wheel, integrating diver-related vehicle operating functions, such as seat adjustment.
The Byton Concept maximizes its cabin space by removing the middle gear position of its front seats. Besides, it adopts a 2+2 seat arrangement, featuring a mode of living room in its front seats.
It is said that the Byton Concept will offer two battery versions. Featuring a 71kWh battery pack, the rear-drive version will have a range of 400km. The four-wheel drive version will boast a range of 520km with a 95kWh battery pack. It can be 80% charged in 30 minutes under a quick charging mode. What's more, the model will also provide two powertrain versions: the rear-drive single electric motor can deliver a maximum power output of 200kW and a peak torque of 400Nm, while the dual-motor version will deliver a maximum power output of 350kW and a peak torque of 710Nm.
Additionally, the Byton Concept is based on a new platform which is designed exclusive to electric vehicles. The new model will feature the L3 ADAS function after it is put into mass production. At the same time, the vehicle platform has made good preparation for the upgrading of sensors and cameras in the future, which will help realize L4 autonomous driving function after 2020. As is reported, the Byton Concept is expected to hit the market in 2019 with a starting price of around RMB 300,000. The model will be presented at Auto Beijing 2018 in April.
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